Swindon AdvertiserLIVE NEWS: 04/03/14 (From Swindon Advertiser)

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LIVE NEWS: 04/03/14

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5:15pm

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4:27pm

Swindon Advertiser: Former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has been charged with common assault

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court took an hour to find Swindon Town striker Nile Ranger not guilty of rape. Upon hearing the verdict Ranger banged the dock and said "Thank God for that" before tearing off his tie and walking out of court. Full story here.

4:22pm

Full story to follow.

3:48pm

3:29pm

Swindon Advertiser:

Update on the accident on the A429. An elderly woman has been taken to GWH and a dog was killed. 

3:11pm

The jury has been sent out at Newcastle Crown Court in the case of Nile Ranger to consider its verdict.

The Swindon Town striker is accused of an alleged rape in the Jesmond district of the city last January. He denies the charge.

2:48pm

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's Troy Batchelor

Full story on Swindon Robins captain Troy Batchelor's arrival on the GP scene. 

2:35pm

2:32pm

Swindon Advertiser: PC Emma Brown with her parents  Steve and Jennie after the head shave

Swindon police officer Emma Brown has had her head shaved to raise money for Macmillan. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January. Full story here.

 

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1:02pm

Fire services are at the scene of the crash on the A429 near the Chelworth crossroads to cut an elderly woman free from her car.

There is also a dog injured and a vet is also on scene. 

12:42pm

A429 is blocked both ways after an accident involving three vehicles at the Chelworth Crossroads. Emergency services at the scene as an 81-year-old woman is treated by paramedics. Full story here. Traffic updates here.

 

12:19pm

Swindon Advertiser: Carl Froch (left) and George Groves after their WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 23, 2013. See PA Story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Dav

Swindon-trained super-middleweight contender George Groves set for Wembley superfight in his hotly-anticipated rematch with IBF and WBA world champ Carl Froch. Full story here.

12:17pm

Reports coming in of an accident at the Chelworth Crossroads on the A429. Road is currently blocked and three vehicles believed to be involved. More to follow.

 

12:07pm

Swindon Advertiser:

More on the death of former Royal Wootton Bassett mayor Percy Miles, 82.

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11:56am

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court is about to retire to consider its verdict in the case of Nile Ranger.

11:50am

Swindon Advertiser:

Former Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor Percy Miles, 82, who has died at the age of 82, was well known in the town. His funeral, a thanksgiving for his life, will take place next Tuesday, March 11, at Kingsdown Crematorium, 10.30am. Memorial donations will be appreciated for the Poppy Appeal.

11:48am

We've just heard that Percy Miles, the only person to have been Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett three times (1986, 2001 and 2006) has died at the age of 82.

11:40am

11:38am

Reports of accident on the M4 Westbound after J15 (Swindon East). Updates and live cameras here.

11:23am

Swindon Advertiser:

Today's readers' letters now online. Subjects up for debate include offensive golf club lighting, the stench in north Swindon and why the Brunel Centre could be a top-class shopping destination.

11:05am

Here is Mr Hudson's column in full, on Lydiard Park, sinkholes and school dinners (...school dinners, concrete chips, concrete chips...)

10:32am

Swindon Advertiser: Teresa Brett with her 18-year-old son Robin, who has learning difficulties. Teresa set up the Swindon Children Without A Diagnosis charity

A Swindon charity that supports children with undiagnosed disorders has benefited from a huge cash boost from the BBC's Children In Need. Full story here.

10:28am

Honda’s latest new model - the 150mph Civic Type R - was unveiled to the world’s press at the Geneva Motoring Show yesterday.

It is to be built entirely in Swindon. Story coming later but for now just admire it.

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Swindon Advertiser: Camilla on a visit to Prospect Hospice last year with Sheryl Crouch, head of fundraising (centre) and Caroline Larken, a Prospect ambassador

Our Prospect 160 Appeal has the royal seal of approval. Find out how the Duchess of Cornwall has backed the cause here.

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8:59am

Swindon Advertiser:

When the most famous person you share a birthday with is Shakin' Stevens, you know you're in trouble. Other, more exciting, March 4 milestones: ON THIS DAY.

8:48am

An update on the crash on Thamesdown Drive this morning. Two vehicles involved. Police at the scene. 

8:26am

Swindon Advertiser: Buses only scheme set for Fleming Way

A section of Fleming Way in the town centre will be closed to traffic and become a bus route when the next stage of the Kimmerfields development is built. Full story here.

 

8:12am

Reports of an accident on Thamesdown Drive at B4534 Elstree Way. Updates here.

 

8:06am

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